Jim E. Meyer, P.E., has over 45 years of experience in refining petrochemical, chemical, power generation and industrial facilities. He is a principal engineer at CDM Smith, a full service engineering and architectural firm, located in Wadsworth Ohio. Jim is experienced in overall project coordination/management, pressure equipment, piping design, analysis, specifications, support design, mechanical system requirements and documentation requirements. In particular, areas of his technical competence include ASME piping and pressure vessel codes, stress analysis, field troubleshooting piping system support, vibration, and expansion problems.
Jim is a member of ASME and has been involved in the ASME B31.1 and ASME B31.3 Section committees for over 40 years. He is currently a member of B31.3 Process Piping Code, B31 Standards Committee, B31 Mechanical Design Committee and serves on the ASME Board on Pressure Technology Codes and Standards. Jim has also served as Chair of the ASME B31.3 Process Piping Section Committee, Chair of ASME B31.1 Power Piping Code Section Committee, Chair of the ASME B31 Standards Committee and Chair of the B31 Mechanical Design Technical Committee.
Most recently, Jim co-authored chapters in the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Companion Guide, 5th Edition, covering the ASME B31.1 Power Piping Code and the B31.3 Process Piping Code. Past projects and work experience has involved major oil refineries, petrochemical plants, fossil, nuclear, solar and alternative energy generation, as well as cryogenic and vacuum test facilities.
Jim has taught over 100 B31 Piping Courses.
Robert Kauer (Dipl.-Ing., Dr.-Ing.) received his engineering degree at the Technische Universität of München in 1991. Since earning his degrees, he has been working in the field of pressure vessel & piping technology, plant construction and operation.
Throughout his service at TÜV SÜD, Robert has handled various national and international projects related to design, Fitness for Service, structural integrity and inspection program development for nuclear and non-nuclear applications in pressure vessel & piping technology. He is and was member of various national and European committees. He holds a commission as an ASME Authorized Inspector Supervisor and he is member of the ASME committee IWG for Germany. Currently, Robert is responsible for projects for the Process Industry related to Asset Integrity Management, Reliability Optimization and Process Safety at TÜV SÜD Industry Service, in Munich.
He has been working for internationally recognized companies in 50+ countries. He is also an appointed instructor for ASME Learning and Development having taught more than 100 courses around the world.
Hugo Julien, P.Eng., began his career, in the field of pressure equipment and storage tanks, as Designer and Quality Manager at HC Vidal Ltd. (1998 to 2002). He then worked as Quality Systems Manager at Xebec, Inc. (2002 to 2007). Since 2007, he has been the Mechanical Integrity Advisor at GCM Consultants. An active ASME/CSA member, he is also a certified API 510, API 570, API 571, and CSA W178.2 Level II (CSA B31.3, ASME W47.1/W59, and CSA Z662) inspector.
Mr. Julien graduated from l’École Polytechnique de Montréal (1997) in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in Manufacturing. He is a member of the following professional engineering associations: Quebec (OIQ), Ontario (PEO), British Columbia (APEGBC), Alberta (APEGA), Saskatchewan (APEGS), and Newfoundland/Labrador (PEGNL).